Active adventures in Indochina
Beyond the cacophonous streets of Indochina's thriving cities lies a region of towering, jungle-clad mountains that conceal cathedral-like caverns; human-sculpted landscapes of dramatic rice terraces; vast lakes, great rivers, paradise islands and hidden coves. If you love the outdoors, you'll be smitten by the myriad landscapes that await you in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Don your walking boots and head out for jungle treks in Nam Cat Tien National Park or into the beautiful mountains of northern Vietnam. Stay in homestays with the local minority people as you explore the spectacular terraced mountains of Sapa. Jump on your bike to escape the crowds and discover the hidden corners that most visitors never see. Plunge beneath the waves and discover an underwater wonderland at Nha Trang or remote Con Dao.
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Active Holidays itineraries
This two-week conservation holiday will introduce you to the flora and fauna of Indochina, including elephants, dolphins and tropical rainforest.
A grand journey taking in the both the famous and little-known highlights of this fabulously diverse country.
Active Holidays accommodation across Indochina
Banteay Chhmar Homestay (Banteay Chhmar)
The Homestay programme at Banteay Chhmar is organised with support of the Global Heritage Fund (GHF). The GHF are working to create a model setup of community involvement and support, to enable travelers to make a positive impact on the local community. The homestay enables visitors to have an authentic Khmer experience and helps provide additional income for the families, as well as improve their standing in the community. The rooms are distributed amoungst the traditional Khmer houses in the village; the facilities are fairly basic as you will be staying with a welcoming host family in their home. You will have a private room with mosquito nets, western style bathroom (shared) and hammocks on the terrace to relax in. Your hosts may not speak a great deal of English but are eager to communicate with the help of books and hand gestures.
Mandala Ou Resort (Nong Khiaw)
Mandala Ou is a serene resort, situated high on the banks of the scenic and tranquil Nam Ou River.
This new premier bungalow resort in Nong Khiaw offers spectacular sunset views over the virgin rainforest and karst limestone mountains. The spacious and comfortable detached bungalows mix traditional Lao style with all the modern conveniences; king sized bedding, a large modern bathroom, a private balcony and modern amenities. You can relax in the infinity pool overlooking the river, enjoy sunset drinks from the poolside bar and savour Lao, Thai and Western cuisine in the on-site restaurant. There is also a quiet, covered Yoga Sala directly on the river; Yoga mats, blocks and straps are available for rent.
Riverside Boutique Resort (Vang Vieng)
The Riverside Boutique is ideally located on the banks of the Nam Song River and our top choice in Vang Vieng.
This luxury resort has charm and character set against the dramatic backdrop of limestone karst mountains. Located away from the busy main streets but within easy reach of the centre Riverside Boutique Resort is the perfect base for exploring the beautiful surroundings. The resort is set within a spacious tropical garden with chalet style accommodation blocks centred around a lovely swimming pool which faces straight on to the river.
The guest rooms are very bright and airy with large private balconies. Each room is decorated with fabrics, batiks and pictures of differing Lao ethnic groups which adds a homely feel. The resort features an authentic Lao restaurant with options for indoor or outdoor dining. There are free bikes you can borrow from the resort to explore by yourself or head to the main strip of bars and restaurants. The attentive staff can also help arrange kayaking, hiking or boat trips as well as cooking classes.
Phong Nha Lake House (Phong Nha National Park)
Situated on the banks of a small lake, on the outskirts of the National Park
The Phong Nha Lake House is a great base for exploring the nearby caves and impressive scenery. The accommodation is influenced by local design and the rooms although quite simple in design are spacious and clean with views of the lake. The hotel boast a sun terrace and the restaurant serves a tasty variety of western and local cusine.
Elephant Valley Project (Mondulkiri)
Experience the beauty of the Cambodian jungle staying overnight at the rustic project lodge.
Accommodation at the project is located on the slopes of the Elephant Valley, affording stunning views over the surrounding forest where many varieties of birds can be seen from eagles to hornbills. Guests accommodation comprises four secluded self-contained jungle bungalows built in the traditional Bunong style. Each bungalow is basic but with comfortable furnishings such as a double bed with mosquito net, tables and a chair, and ensuite including cold water shower and western toilet.